Community rail

Community rail is a growing grassroots movement made up of community rail partnerships and groups across Britain.

They engage communities and help people get the most from their railways, promoting social inclusion and sustainable travel, working alongside train operators to bring about improvements, and bringing stations back to life.

Anyone can get involved in community rail. Train travellers, community groups, local businesses, youth clubs and horticultural groups are a few examples.

Volunteers simply give as much time as they can manage and join in activities including gardening, cleaning, painting, providing community information and safety education.

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Volunteers from Barclays Bank (Barnstaple branch); the Tarka Rail Association; Network Rail; the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and GWR

Community Rail Network

Community Rail Network is dedicated to supporting community-based groups and partnerships that connect their community with their railway and deliver social benefit.

Community Rail Network is the membership body for over 60 Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) and represents over 1,000 station adoption groups. They support their members to be effective in benefiting their communities and railways, socially, environmentally and economically.

For more information on Community Rail Network please visit

GWR work with seven Community Rail Partnerships on our network:

Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

The Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership (DCRP) brings together local authorities, GWR and others to support the counties’ branch lines – benefiting local communities and the region’s economy alike.

Find out more about Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

Heart of Wessex CRP

The scenic railway from Bristol to Weymouth is supported at multiple levels by its local communities. Seven local authorities along the route come together to fund the joint venture with GWR to enhance and promote this 87-mile line and its destinations.

Find out more about Heart of Wessex CRP

Severnside CRP

The Severnside CRP is a Community Interest Company and covers all the lines radiating from Bristol. The main aspect of their work is ensuring that the 25, mainly unstaffed, local stations provide a safe and welcoming environment.

Find out more about Severnside CRP

North Downs CRP

The North Downs CRP is bringing the local community together with local authorities, GWR, education, business and environment representatives who are all working to improve the value of the line to the local community and visitors alike.

Find out more about North Downs CRP

TransWilts CRP

The TransWilts CRP service from Swindon to Westbury has gone from strength to strength with the service being officially designated as a community rail service in September 2016, and the trial service becoming permanent in December 2016.

Find out more about TransWilts CRP

ThreeRivers CRP

The Three Rivers CRP enjoys close Partnership working, building on recent successes at Romsey, Mottisfont & Dunbridge and Dean rail stations.

Find out more about ThreeRivers CRP

Worcestershire CRP

Made up of a partnership of the West Midlands Rail Executive, West Midlands Railway, Worcestershire County Council, CrossCountry Trains, Great Western Railway and the Cotswold Line Promotion Group, the new Partnership will see communities, businesses and tourist attractions working with the rail industry and local councils to promote rail services across Worcestershire.

Scenic Rail Britain

Scenic Rail Britain is a new initiative to promote travel on the country’s most attractive branch lines as well as its lesser known gems through a bespoke website.

The project is run by Community Rail Network and the site is aimed at international visitors to Britain and local holidaymakers alike.

Find out more information on Scenic Rail Britain

Download our Community Rail booklet for more information.